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Review: Sentient

Sentient

As powerful a behemoth the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, it cannot be understated how much it has changed the way we look at heroes. The mere reverberations that Avengers: Endgame has had on our collective consciousness is both heartbreaking and eye-opening. The movie showed the world that heroes may be superpowered but mortal. The movie killed three of the most impactful entities of the MCU to that point, leaving audiences in a gasp and many in tears.

This was not the first time the MCU had fans in tears and it probably won’t be the last. It’s the first time I remember seeing a heartfelt story onscreen was Next Avengers: Heroes Of Tomorrow.  The movie centers around the children of the Avengers in a dystopian future. It’s a world where Ultron has killed all their parents. The movie asks a very important question, “Have you prepared your children for a life without you?” Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Walta’s thought-provoking Sentient is a similar premise to that animated movie and explores that very question.

We’re taken to the USS Montgomery a ship that houses a crew and their family along with artificial intelligence, Valeria, that watches over them. Separatists dissent on the Earth colony has the Space Navy and the Montgomery sees betrayal among its own. Post tragedy, the story shifts to one of survival as the surviving children of the Montgomery must learn to function in a ship without their parents and adapt to their new situation. It’s a story of survival in the physical and emotional sense.

Sentient is a truly original science fiction story that borrows traces of Lord of the Flies and Bicentennial Man infused with the human journey to beat insurmountable odds. The story by Lemire is heartfelt, harrowing, and redemptive. The art by Walta, Wands, Fletcher, and Powell is superb. Altogether, a story that shows the answer to the question, that if you can ever prepare your children for the unthinkable and to trust that you that your nurture leads to their better natures.

Story: Jeff Lemire
Art: Gabriel Walta, Steve Wands, Jared K Fletcher, and Jeff Powell
Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #4 Gets a Variant Cover by Matías Bergara

BOOM! Studios has revealed a new variant cover art by Eisner Award-nominated artist Matías Bergara for Strange Skies Over East Berlin #4, the newest issue of an all-new original series from Jeff Loveness, artist Lisandro Estherren, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Steve Wands, a chilling and intense thriller about an American spy who encounters a terrifying inhuman threat at the heart of the Cold War. 

Herring has been running and spying for so long, it’s hard to tell his allies from his enemies. As the alien monster closes in on Herring, the mental attack forces him to come to terms with his past—and the truth about the government he works for.  

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #4 also features main cover art by illustrator Evan Cagle. The comic comes to shelves on January 8, 2020.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #4  Matías Bergara Variant Cover

Preview: Strange Skies over East Berlin #3

Strange Skies over East Berlin #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Lisandro Estherren
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover Artists: 
Main Cover:
Evan Cagle
Unlocked Variant Cover: Raúl Allén
Price:
$3.99

Herring’s cover is blown! Captured by the spyhunter Keiner, Herring must go toe-to-toe in a mental battle with his old nemesis, while outside their interrogation room, the alien monster begins a psychic attack of its own.

Strange Skies over East Berlin #3

Get a First Look at The Low, Low Woods #1 Out this December

The Low, Low Woods #1

Written by Carmen Maria Machado
Art by Dani
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Lettering by Steve Wands
Cover art by J.A.W. Cooper
Variant Cover art by Jenny Frison
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
Final Orders Due: Nov 25, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Shudder-To-Think, PA, has been on fire for years. The coal mines beneath it are long since abandoned. The woods are full of rabbits with human eyes, a deer woman who stalks hungry girls, and swaths of skinless men. And the people in Shudder-to-Think? Well, they’re not doing so well either. When El and Octavia wake up in a movie theater with no memory of the last few hours of their lives, the two teenage dirtbags begin a surreal and terrifying journey to discover the truth about the strange town that they call home.

DC and Hill House Comics present the comics debut of award-winning, bestselling horror writer Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other PartiesIn the Dream House). The Low, Low Woods explores body horror down paths yet unexplored in comics. It will leave readers searching for their way back home and terrified of what they find changed upon their return.

The Low, Low Woods #1

Preview: Planet Of The Apes: After The Fall Omnibus SC

Planet Of The Apes: After The Fall Omnibus SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Daryl Gregory, Caleb Monroe, Michael Moreci, David F. Walker, Ryan Ferrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Damian Couceiro, Tony Parker, Tom Derenick, Dan McDaid, Jonas Scharf, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Morgan Beem
Colorist: Renato Faccini, Darrin Moore, Michael Garland, Jason Wordie, Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Steve Wands, Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera
Price: $39.99

Set in the reimagined universe of the modern Planet of the Apes movies, witness the rise and fall of humanity to a planet dominated by apes. But there’s trouble in paradise as ape leader Caesar is forced to contend with violent power struggles, while the outbreak of a mysterious, deadly virus threatens to decimate the remaining populations of humans. Can humans and apes join forces to establish a new world order, or will chaos finally reign supreme?

Collects Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes, Planet of the Apes: When Worlds Collide for the first time in one prestigious omnibus.

Planet Of The Apes: After The Fall Omnibus SC

Preview: Strange Skies Over East Berlin #2

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Lisandro Estherren
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover Artist: Evan Cagle
Price:
$3.99

The danger increases as Herring comes face to face with his nemesis, Keiner! Herring has infiltrated the bunker beneath East Berlin, where research on the mysterious being that fell from the sky has already begun, only to find an old enemy already inside. As the monster’s true powers begin to emerge, can Herring keep his cover disguised from Keiner long enough to discover what is truly hidden in the bunker?

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #2

Preview: Secrets of Sinister House #1

Secrets of Sinister House #1

(W) Paul Dini, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone, Bryan Hill, Dan Watters, Others (A) Rafael Albuquerque, Cian Tormey, Jorge Fornes, Others (CA) John Romita, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $9.99

Witness what hides within the Sinister House-the DCU’s most horrific secrets and mysteries! Travel alongside Harley Quinn, John Constantine, Detective Chimp, Zatanna, the Atom and others as they face this macabre devastation firsthand! And in the bowels of this dark mansion…we return to the world of the legendary Red Rain to meet once again with the dreaded vampire Batman. Don’t miss this year’s DC Halloween special-because if you do, it’ll haunt you!

Secrets of Sinister House #1

Review: Secrets of Sinister House #1

Celebrate the Halloween season with this anthology of spooky tales featuring DC’s superheroes and villains!

Story: Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone, Robbie Thompson, Dan Watters, John Layman, Paul Dini, Che Grayson, Diego Lucero Lopez, Bryan Edward Hill
Art: Rafael Albuquerque, Tom Raney, Sumit Kumar, Jorge Fornes, Cian Tormey, Miguel Mendonca, Phil Hester, Alessandro Vitti
Color: Dave McCaig, Hi-Fi, John Kalisz, Jordie Bellaire, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Bill Crabtree, Jeromy Cox, Adriano Lucas
Ink: Ande Parks
Letterer: Tom Napolitano, Rob Leigh, Troy Peteri, Steve Wands, Travis Lanham, Dave Sharpe, Andworld Design, Willie Schubert

Get your copy in comic shops now! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

The Cold War feels like a fading memory. Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1 is that jolt to remind you of what was. Writer Jeff Loveness makes it a point to take us back to when the world was literally split by a wall.

The story opens with a reminder that there was a time when Berlin was split. That individuals fought for freedom and climbed the wall risking safety to seek it. It’s a theme that echoes today’s immigration debate. Loveness makes sure to focus on the fear of being caught and the danger of it all. Then the record skips and what was a Cold War escape thriller turns into something else. It’s a mystery of what happened as a light streaked across the sky.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1 is a mix of Cold War paranoia and sci-fi mystery. By issues end we’re teased with what might be but there’s an emphasis on the fundamentals of that Cold War paranoia.

The art by Lisandro Estherren is fantastic. With color by Patricio Delpeche it is a perfect fit for the mashed together genres. There’s a noir sense for most of the comic then a shift as the sci-fi mystery is unveiled. A streak of light in the sky signifies the change in story and the art style shifts too subtly. The lettering of Steve Wands adds to the atmosphere of the comic with the choice of fonts for different aspects. The caption boxes have a typewriter aspect to them. It’s “of the time.”

If you want a sci-fi mystery set during the Cold War, Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1 delivers and then some. It’s a fantastic start to the series that takes us back to a different time and feels like it will have layers to examine much like the science fiction of the time. It’s a solid start to an intriguing series.

Story: Jeff Loveness Art: Lisandro Estherren
Color: Patricio Delpeche Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid

Who’s Swamp Kid? Find out in this amazing graphic novel whose presentation is unlike anything else.

Story: Kirk Scroggs
Art: Kirk Scroggs
Letterer: Steve Wands

Get your copy in comic shops and bookstores! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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